Watch recent videos of His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States of America (USA).

Dean's Speaker Series Panel on Diplomacy

February 9, 2021
The Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), hosts “The Future of Arab-Israeli Diplomacy,” with Yousef Al Otaiba and Jeremy Issacharoff, Ambassador of Israel to Germany. During the event, Ambassador Al Otaiba and Ambassador Issacharoff focus on the history of UAE-Israel relations, the benefits of the Abraham Accords and the shared interests that will ultimately bond both countries together for a better future.

Transition 2021 Policy Forum: U.S. Policy toward Arab States, Palestinians, and Israel​

February 1, 2021
The Washington Institute hosts a virtual Policy Forum with Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, Samer Khoury, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, and David Makovsky. The conversation focuses on how Senior Biden administration officials have committed the new team to building on the success of normalization agreements recently reached between Israel and four Arab states, reengaging with the Palestinians, and navigating mutual distrust between Israelis and Palestinians—all as Israelis prepare for their March elections.

On the Same Page: America’s Middle East Allies and Regional Threats

January 15, 2021
The Chief Executive of Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted Ambassador Al Otaiba, Israel’s Ambassador to the US and Bahrain’s Ambassador to the US for a virtual conversation on how all three sides will unite for Middle East peace and stability.

Yousef Al Otaiba’s New Year Message

January 12, 2021
Ambassador Al Otaiba rang in the New Year with a special message for 2021 and the UAE’s Golden Jubilee year. During his remarks, he spotlighted several silver linings over the course of 2020, as well as the UAE’s ambitious plans for 2021. As the region continues to prepare for its Golden Jubilee celebration, he reaffirmed the UAE and the US’ shared commitment to building a better and brighter future worldwide.

Ambassador Al Otaiba Welcomes the Future Diplomats PeaceGame

December 9, 2020
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba formally welcomes Foreign Policy’s Future Diplomat PeaceGame. Due to the coronavirus, the event will virtually host 20 foreign service students and early-career diplomats to solve critical issues stemming from the global pandemic. Reflecting on the historic signing of the Abraham Accords, Ambassador Al Otaiba emphasizes the benefits of peace and the importance of conflict resolution during these difficult times.

The Ambassador’s Series: A Discussion with Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

December 8, 2020
The Hudson Institute’s Ravenel B. Curry III Distinguished Fellow, Walter Russell Mead, invites Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba for a virtual discussion on UAE-US relations and UAE foreign policy. As part of the Institute’s Ambassador’s Series, the event highlights the historic significance of the Abraham Accords and key issues in the Middle East region.

Yousef Al Otaiba on UAE-Israel Agreement

September 29, 2020

H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the UAE to the US, explains the importance of September 15, 2020, as a turning point for relations between Israel and the Arab world. He also emphasizes the opportunity that the UAE-Israel agreement offers to young people in both Israel and the UAE for generating greater understanding between each other and ushering in a fresh era of stability and prosperity for the Middle East region.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Addresses West Bank Annexation Op-Ed

June 15, 2020
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba addresses his historic decision to publish an op-ed in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth titled, “Annexation will be a serious setback for better relations with the Arab world.” As the first direct warning to the Israeli public, Ambassador Al Otaiba explains the risks associated with the planned annexation of the occupied West Bank and how this decision will not only hinder relations and progress with the UAE, but the entire Arab World.

SiriusXM Interviews Yousef Al Otaiba on the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi

April 23, 2020
In April 2020, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba spoke to SiriusXM Career Mix Host Torin Ellin about the recent Special Olympics World Games held in Abu Dhabi. He discussed the UAE’s “Year of Tolerance” and the importance of supporting and accepting individuals who face challenges of every kind. He emphasized in particular the joy, excitement and enthusiasm of all including athletes, attendees, and everyone else who participated in the World Games.